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Nintendo Wii Opera Browser is Getting an Update

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306w ago - As the title states, the Nintendo Wii Opera Browser is getting an update this December!

The new features slated are as follows:

- Buttons are new
- Compatible with Wii Speak
- Can have six tabs open at once (can be made invisible)
- View Wii mail from the browser
- Available in December for 500 points
- Owners of the browser do not have to pay for the upgrade
 

PlayStation 3 Outselling XBox 360 in Europe, Wii Still On Top

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306w ago - Nintendo has released figures for 2008 hardware sales in Europe, which reveal the PS3 is outselling the Xbox 360 - though the Wii is still laughing in both of their faces.

As reported by GamesIndustry.biz, more than 10.4 million Wii consoles have been shifted in Europe this year. The high point for Nintendo was April, when nearly 180,000 units were sold. The figure for Xbox 360 during the same month was around 90,000, as it was for PS3.

Overall, PS3 sales are said to exceed those for Xbox 360. However, Microsoft's console proved more popular than its rival during October, when a price cut boosted sales to more than 60,000 units.

The DS has beaten the PSP over the course of the year. In July Nintendo shifted 225,000 handhelds, while the PSP reached a peak of 50,000 units during the same period.
 

Nintendo Wii SoftChip Backup Loader SVN Release Available

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306w ago - Recently requiem4d has posted on GBATemp.net (linked above) news of a new Nintendo Wii "SoftChip" Backup Loader.

From the official Project Page:

Softchip is designed to allow booting of 1:1 backup discs on your Wii.

Goals:

• Allow booting of 1:1 Wii Disc backups Region/Video patching to allow booting of imported discs and backups of imports
• As close to 100% compatibility as possible
• Compatibility with consoles of all drive types
• Allow booting of non-standard ISO9660 Homebrew Wii discs
• Store configuration to SD or USB drive to allow configurable autoboot

Wishlist:

• Ability to use Ocarina-style codes
• Compatibility with Waninkoko's decrypted disc format
• Runtime patching of the System Menu & Starlet to use the Disc Channel to load discs
• Remove the need for any cIOS
• Allow 6x drive speed while running backup discs

SVN Link: SoftChip v0.0.1 Pre r8
 

Nintendo Wii Homebrew Channel BETA 10, AKA Your Last Chance

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307w ago - Great news from marcan of Team Twiizers as follows:

As you all know, we're getting busy with several other projects, and HBC isn't a priority. However, the BETA 9 release had a few rough edges, and some things that should have been fixed weren't.

So we're giving you the chance to voice your pet peeves about HBC now, and we'll release a new version soon. Consider this version "final" at least for the time being.

HBC is basically feature-complete, so we won't be adding any new major features, but we want to get rid of some remaining bugs and annoyances. Once this new version is out, you're going to be stuck with it for a while.

Things that we've already fixed/added for BETA 10:

• meta.xml now handles non-ASCII characters properly (you can use iso-8859-1 or utf-8 encoding, but utf-8 is restricted to the iso-8859-1 subset)
• Wiimote shutdown support (in libogc git now - we should have added this earlier)
• Wiimote rumble now honors the rumble setting
• A crash bug or two (hard to hit)

Post a comment if you want something fixed. We reserve the right to fix whatever we want and ignore the rest, but at least we promise we'll listen. Please read the comments before asking for something; we don't want...
 

Preview: The Conduit for Nintendo Wii

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307w ago - All things considered, The Conduit shouldn't really be getting the attention it deserves. After all, it's being developed by High Voltage Software, a studio that's not exactly well known for the quality of its games.

Its back catalogue features such gems as Ben 10, The Grim Adventures Of Billy & Mandy and the Family Guy videogame. Add to this the fact that the game didn't even have a publisher until the middle of September and it's hard to figure out why the game's so eagerly anticipated.

Of course, the reason it is getting attention is because it looks great for a Wii game. We know those last four words are really patronising, but let's face facts, we know the Wii doesn't have the graphical oomph to compete with other HD systems. However, this has meant that many developers simply don't bother trying to make the most of the Wii's power and simply churn out games that look half-decent instead. That's where The Conduit differs.

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The game uses High Voltage's special Quantum3 game engine, which is designed to create the sort of graphical effects that most Wii games don't achieve. We've already spoken about the game's graphics in a previous issue though. What's also interesting is the way in which the Quantum3 engine also allows for some impressive artificial intelligence...
 
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